After the sasaeng fan leaked a private audio clip of EXO playing League of Legends with their friend (and apologized for it), netizens are beginning to see Sehun in a different light.
EXO fans are also seeing Sehun in a different light.
While many of us know Sehun as being the “bratty” maknae, a lot of us were just being playful with it. But now people are beginning to take that nickname seriously.
Netizens have been criticizing Sehun over a specific part of the leaked audio recording, where you can clearly hear Sehun tell his friend,
“Don’t call me Oh Sen. That’s what those fans call me.”
Unfortunately, we don’t know for sure if Sehun is talking about EXO’s sasaeng fans, or all of his fans in general.
Netizens are interpreting it as the latter. They commented on his remarks, saying things like:
5. [+46, -19] I think EXO fans should be thankful to this sasaeng ㅋㅋㅋ All because of her, now you know what your loving oppa really feels about you~~~ That nickname you gave him Oh Sen~ Oh Sen~~~ the one that he responded to you by saying, “I love you fans~ We’ll work hard~~”… but behind your backs, he’s telling another girl, “Don’t call me Oh Sen!!! That’s what those fans call me!!!!!” ㅋㅋㅋ Don’t piss your oppa off~ he just sees you as money
7. [+34, -5] You know what’s the most hul about all of this… When I heard him say, “Only those fans call me Oh Sen, I don’t want to hear it here so don’t call me that”… I really didn’t care whether they were swearing or playing a game with a girl.. It just showed his true feelings about his fans.
8. [+33, -9] While fans were screaming “Oh Sen~ Oh Sen~” their lungs out and Sehun was replying back, “Thank you, I love you all, I’ll always work hard”, he was really thinking inside, “That’s what those fans call me!!!”
9. [+31, -8] Sehun: Don’t call me Oh Sen!!!! That’s what those fans call me!!!!!!!! ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
Listening to the audio clip, the netizens feel that Sehun has been lying to his fans, saying that he loves them and that’ll he’ll work hard for them. And this brought up the whole controversy surrounding the idol system. The one where people believe that all idols are just manufactured and that they are only lying to their fans to please them. That, and they only see their fans as money.
Sehun isn’t helping that stereotype.
This also opened the gates to Sehun’s past, where he seems constantly bored or annoyed while attending events.
But of course, many fans are defending Sehun, saying that he only directed his comment towards sasaeng fans. Others are saying that he was just mad during the League of Legends game, so that’s why he said those hurtful things. They also commented saying that his face is just “like that”, and that it’s not a true reflection of who he is.
We really won’t know what Sehun truly meant by what he said, but he’ll probably release an apology soon to his fans. That, and he’s probably going to be scolded (again) by SM Entertainment.
Hopefully his comment, as well as those leaked audio files, won’t have any impact on EXO’s career, or their current promotions. They just released their special Winter album “Miracles in December“. It would be a shame if their sales decreased due to this issue. It would be even more terrible if they don’t win a lot of trophies from their upcoming music show performances due to this controversy.
Netizen translations credited to NetizenBuzz.